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  • The DIY Drive-In Movie Revival Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 11:13 AM ET
    Google Drive-In Doodle

    While the number of drive-in theaters in the U.S. has dwindled to about 300, according to the United Drive-in Theaters Association, there's something of a DIY revival today, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Woman using laptop in internet cafe

    Technology, the urge to go green, telecommuting and a generation of workers who grew up with smartphones in their hands and computers in their laps are revamping the work culture. The office of ""The Office" is fading and shrinking in the process.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Your Credit Card Processor Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 12:18 PM ET

    When starting a business you'll likely end up accepting credit or debit cards, which means hiring a third-party processing firm to manage the transaction between you and the card giants. To prepare for this complex marketplace, here are five questions to ask to make sure you're getting the best deal.

  • Route 66

    Known as America's Main Street, Route 66 is undergoing a business resurgence of sorts as travelers search for a bygone era.

  • Reborn: American Drive-In Movie Theaters Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 4:48 PM ET
    Drive-in movie theaters are so often associated with times gone by, a fading industry where the real estate is more valuable than the business, that it might surprise you to learn that not only are many theaters hanging tough, there are some new theaters that have been built in the past decade.Make no mistake, though. The industry, like many small businesses, faces challenges. It has seen the number of screens decline from more than 4,000 in the 1960s to 366 today. Skyrocketing real estate value

    While it's true that the real estate drive-ins occupy are often more valuable than the business, many theaters are hanging tough.

  • New Model Breaks From Payday Lender Pack Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 12:54 PM ET
    Progress Financial is a leading financial services company serving the needs of the growing Hispanic market.

    While Hispanic business leaders are trying to slow a nationwide drive toward stricter regulation of payday lenders, a new model, Progreso Financiero sees itself as a home-grown remedy for the credit drought in Hispanic communities, with fairer terms and stricter lending requirements.

  • How to Brainstorm a Great Business Name Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    Naming a business is by far the hardest task for startups when it comes to branding. It’s permanent, or at least feels that way.

  • Low-Cost Franchises Rise in Popularity Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 9:50 AM ET
    1-800-GOT-JUNK? was one of the companies named by Franchise Business Review as a top low-cost franchise.

    Low-cost franchise opportunities — those with an average investment of $150,000 or less —  are among the most popular and sought-after.

  • Social Marketing: Engagement Equals Endorsement Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 3:48 PM ET
    Add Friend Facebook

    The small business owner possess the engagement skill in spades — and can use it to grow their business. It's called Engagement Marketing.

  • Ethical Framework Builds a Solid Company: Opinion Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 12:10 PM ET
    Forked Road

    The modern company has a split personality: Its conscience is partly internal and partly external. And that could affect the reputation, and longevity, of your business.

  • Sizzler

    Franchise brands go belly up for many reasons. But not all bankrupt restaurant franchises deserve such a fate. In fact, some brands have enough mojo to revive themselves.

  • New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Is Hiring Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 10:10 AM ET
    Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, LA.

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has announced that he's starting a business and is on the hunt for a CEO to run it.

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    Small businesses in states that were hit hardest by the collapse of the housing market — including Nevada, New Mexico and Florida — are having an especially hard time getting access to the capital they need to grow and hire.

  • Social Responsibility Builds Long-Term Success: Opinion Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 12:34 PM ET

    Small business would be well-served to adopt a benefit corporation structure. Companies that seek to establish sustainable principles as part of their business and marketing strategy and, more importantly, their corporate DNA, are positioned for long-term success.

  • Back to Civilian Life, Veterans Try Franchises Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 11:12 AM ET
    U.S. Veterans, Afghanistan

    Retired military veterans, Mark and Dawn Kelly, have looked embarked on a franchising opportunity through TeamLogic IT to start a business after ending their service.

  • surfboards_200.jpg

    Sponsoring niche sports costs less, but can stıll pack a marketing punch.

  • Young Entrepreneur Crashes on AOL's Couch Friday, 25 May 2012 | 2:42 PM ET
    AOL offices in Palo Alto, Calif.

    A young entrepreneur, short on cash, decides to make the AOL campus in Palo Alto his temporary living space while working on his start up.

  • Summer Friday Survey: Did Anyone Ask the Boss? Friday, 25 May 2012 | 12:02 PM ET

    It comes as no surprise that 75 percent of employees in a survey said that having a Summer Friday policy would be an effective tool for increasing productivity. But did anyone think to ask their bosses what they thought about Summer Fridays?

  • Romney Leads Poll Of Small Business Owners Friday, 25 May 2012 | 10:09 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Small-business owners are leaning right leading up to the U.S. presidential election. Forty-nine percent of business owners plan to vote for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

  • Crowdfunding More Marketing Than Fundraising: Opinion Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    Many confuse crowdfunding campaigns as fundraising efforts, because they call on the general public for support. Here's why they are more akin to consumer marketing efforts.